In Bad Rothenfelde, the bad one was that our meeting didn't take place in "our" well known Bad Iburg but in Bad Rothenfelde. The hotel was not as comfortable as we know it from the Hotel Zum Freden but the town of Bad Rothenfelde was really worth to visit. Have you seen the old fashioned salt production system which is quite interesting, just in the middle of the town? The other bad thing of this GL Annual Communication was that many Brethren have really missed a wonderful weekend!
Now, the good part of it. Our Grand Master has replaced the former "Grand Lodge Officers Dinner" on a Friday evening with an "Informal Grand Lodge Buffet" which is now open to all participants including the good Ladies. The buffet was fine, the wine and beer very good and the atmosphere of its best. There was just a little misunderstanding. Most of the Brethren have understood the word "informal" as to appear with an open shirt, even with a polo-shirt instead with a jacket and a tie. Now we know what "informal" means! Despite this new lesson (Freemasons always learn!), the Friday evening was a great success, well organized and I am sure that the next Friday evening in November in Bad Iburg will be as harmonious as this one was.
The GL Annual Communication 2013 on Saturday morning was not just going through the printed agenda. No, it was much more. Every participants and the numerous visitors could feel a great harmony in this Grand Lodge - a good feeling which makes our small Grand Lodge a big Grand Lodge - small in numbers but in Masonic brotherly concentration. The Past Grand Master of the United Grand Lodges in Germany , MWBro Klaus Kott made it clear: "I feel very much at home when visiting British Freemasons in Germany". I think he spoke out what all the other honorable guests from other countries and other Constitutions wanted to say.
Some special highlights should be mentioned: Our GM accepted RWBro John Hebel's withdrawal from the office as Deputy Grand Master. The GM acknowledged RWBro John's work in the last years and I noticed that both were very emotional. RWBro John Hebel was succeeded by RWBro Bill Beardmore. And RWBro Bill, now Deputy Grand Master was succeeded by VWBro Glyn Edmonds, now Assistant Grand Master. RWBro Glyn's father, most Brethren call him WBro Dad, came from Manchester to Bad Rothenfelde, just to see the promotion of RWBro Son.
My heartiest congratulations to the new Deputy and new Assistant Grand Masters. I am sure that every Mason within the GL BFG will follow this.
After this meeting, the delicious Festive Board concluded this most enjoyable Annual Communication 2013. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend to the GMs Dinner but I am pretty sure that the harmonious atmosphere continued as in the past 24 hours.
Thank you all for being a Mason and a member of Grand Lodge of British Freemasons in Germany!